Enter Ghost

Enter Ghost

From the Granta Best Young British Novelist

Summary

A woman reeling from a disastrous love affair finds love and hope in Shakespeare and Palestine - from the award-winning author of The Parisian

***A SUNDAY TIMES AND OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023***


'Different to anything else being written right now in English'
SUNDAY TIMES

After years away from her family's homeland, and reeling from a disastrous love affair, actress Sonia Nasir returns to Haifa to visit her older sister Haneen. While Haneen made a life here commuting to Tel Aviv to teach at the university, Sonia remained in London to focus on her acting career and now dissolute marriage. On her return, she finds her relationship to Palestine is fragile, both bone-deep and new.

When Sonia meets the charismatic and candid Mariam, a local director, she joins a production of Hamlet in the West Bank. Soon, Sonia is rehearsing Gertrude's lines in classical Arabic with a dedicated group of men who, in spite of competing egos and priorities, all want to bring Shakespeare to that side of the wall. As opening night draws closer and the warring intensifies, it becomes clear just how many obstacles stand before the troupe. Amidst it all, the life Sonia once knew starts to give way to the daunting, exhilarating possibility of finding a new self in her ancestral home.

Timely, thoughtful, and passionate, Isabella Hammad's highly anticipated second novel is an exquisite story of the connection to be found in family and shared resistance.

'A pretty flawless writer'
THE TIMES

Reviews

  • Feels completely different to anything else being written right now in English, a heartfelt meditation on the relationship between art and politics.
    Sunday Times

About the author

Isabella Hammad

Isabella Hammad is the author of The Parisian and a Granta Best Young Novelist. She has also been awarded the Plimpton Prize for Fiction, the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Palestine Book Award and a Betty Trask Award. She has received fellowships from MacDowell, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Lannan Foundation.
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